Professional Pilot Program

Course Description 

With the Alaskan Professional Pilot Program, you can be on your way to career in aviation as a commercial pilot in record timeNo prior flight experience is required! You will be training with some of the finest instructors in Alaska in an accelerated and structured format

The Professional Career Program includes:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating Course
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Multi-Engine Course
  • Certified Flight Instructor Course

Once you have completed the course, Fly Around Alaska guarantees you an interview as a CFI, starting at $45/ hour. 

You will be immersed into the flying environment with a combination of ground instruction, self-study and over 250 hours of actual flight time in our aircraft(not like the other schools using simulator and safety pilot time).  We do not do any of our flight training in a simulator. All of your flight training will be in a real aircraft actually flying. We believe that there is nothing like having the controls of the plane while you train. This is also extremely beneficial to new possible career options. In just 3 months we received 41 applications for a CFI position. We had so many applicants that we hand selected the few who passed our email interviews AND had valuable flight time. 

Spring/ Summer Session

Those who start the program in Spring/ Summer can expect to finish within 4-6 months. This timeframe assumes you are 100% dedicated, you study, show up to the scheduled lessons and are available full time. 

Fall/ Winter Session

Those who start this program in late Fall/ Winter can expect to finish in 6-9 months. This is due to the possibilities of unsafe weather/ runway conditions during the Alaskan winter. Learning to fly in the Winter will give you a large advantage because you will learn how to care for and fly planes in various weather conditions. 

This is a very aggressive program and requires the student to focus on studies and do a lot of FLYING! 

The program includes all training materials, ground school and flight time needed to become a professional pilot. All solo time building in our aircraft will be scheduled for you to maximize the best possible results. Our program will be some of the most demanding training you will ever undergo since we train to mastery and not just check ride proficiency. The airlines and the military train this way for a works!! 

Retention with accelerated training is far superior compared to training that is spread out over several years, and it saves you money. You will train in a relaxed yet structured environment, and we will do everything possible to make it a memorable experience. 

This course includes the flight and ground instruction to meet the needs of an average student with good English language skills and ability. If you require more time to finish, we will work with you until you achieve your goal and become a professional pilot at our normal daily training rate.   

Upon completion of the program, you will be a safe, proficient and confident Commercial, Instrument Rated Pilot with Multi-Engine Rating and Certified Flight Instructor. These can be adjusted if you need less or more ratings. 

Syllabus Based Training
There’s little doubt as to the efficiency of a good syllabus. There are very few part 61 schools that use this type of training. It creates a stable and structured learning environment and lets the students know what topics will be covering in each lesson. We believe that the use of a syllabus is the only way to teach and it has many benefits, including:

  • Better standardization of both students and instructors. If an instructor has to cancel, another instructor can pick up the lesson and teach it without interruption if he knows where the student is in the program.
  • Lower costs for the student. Students are always looking to save money, and there’s nothing more annoying to them than feeling like they are spinning their wheels. With a syllabus, they can monitor their own progress and become more efficient as a result.

Instructors and Location
Flight training at our Palmer, Alaska campus will be taught by one of our mature, friendly, and knowledgeable instructors. Our instructors have been in aviation for many years and are Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine, including CFI and CFII for fixed wing single and multi-engine aircraft. 

Program Cost & Scheduling
The complete professional pilot program costs $66,415.00.  A $10,000.00 upfront deposit is required to confirm your position on the training schedule at least 2 weeks prior to your start date. The balance ($56,415.00) is due ten days prior to the start of your program. 

Once you have completed your training, you will be guaranteed an interview at Fly Around Alaska as a CFI or CFII, depending on which ratings you complete. Pay range is 45-55/ hour! We will help you build up your hours as a CFI, so that you can go on to the next step of your aviation career, wherever that may be! 

How do you start the Professional Career Pilot Program?

Get Your Medical Certificate
This physical must be conducted by an FAA-designated Airman Medical Examiner.  You will be asked to fill out an online FAA application and medical history form.  The doctor will check your vision, hearing, balance, and nose and throat. The doctor will determine that you do not have any mental or neurological problems such as alcoholism, epilepsy, psychosis, or a serious medical condition such as chronic heart disease or diabetes mellitus.

A second class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue:

  • Plus 12 calendar months while acting as a commercial pilot, at the end of 12 months it reverts to a third class and is good for and additional year.

If you have a medical condition (even a serious one); it is still possible for you to get your license. However, you will need an AME to discuss your options (example, you may have to always fly with another licensed pilot present).


Let us help you start a new career in aviation. Call 907-746-2290 to schedule a tour or to come meet our team!